On Monday, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had a meeting with the impartial adviser PS Narasimha in order to discuss the pending legal issues before the next Supreme Court hearing, scheduled on February 21. One of the key issues that could be taken up by the two-judge bench comprising of Justice SA Bobde and Abhay Manohar Sapre is the appointment of Ombudsman, who could take a call on the KL Rahul–Hardik Pandya controversy.
Last month, BCCI provisionally suspended Rahul and Pandya for their sexist comments on a popular TV chat show. The suspension was later revoked pending inquiry. However, both of them were seen wearing the blue jersey again, but the final verdict of the controversy can only be heard only after the Supreme Court agrees for the appointment of Ombudsman.
However, with the case pending in the apex court, the Coa members needed to sit for a briefing with Narasimha and update him about the status of compliance as far as the various state units are concerned. There are also pending confirmation that whether the CoA will be filing another status report as to which of the associated units are fully Lodha Committee recommendations submissive, how many are partially compliant and how many non-submissive.
CoA members will have another meeting on February 20 to prepare for the case, which will be up for hearing on the next date. There might be another argument to get a third member in the COA as Rai and Edulji have not agreed on most of the policy decisions in recent times. The COA has already submitted a list of names from which a third member can be selected by the court.
In fact, Edulji has appointed a personal lawyer to “protect” her “rights” in the organization, and she had warned Rai about it, hours before the last hearing.